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Name: Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford

Age: 34

From: Palm Bay, FL

Assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Incident: Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford died during a morning patrol in Badghis province, a Marine official told Marine Corps Times on Monday.

Both were critical skills operators assigned to Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. Price belonged to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion out Camp Pendleton, Calif. Gifford was from 2nd MSOB out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Although they came from separate commands within MARSOC, Price and Gifford were assigned to the same special operations task force in Afghanistan, the Marine official said.

A Purple Heart recipient, Price experienced ample combat over the last several years. He deployed three times each in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a Marine Corps news release.

On Nov. 10, the Marine Corps&rsquo birthday, Price was awarded a Bronze Star with &ldquoV&rdquo device for his actions during a 2009, battle in Afghanistan&rsquos Farah province. When the remote weapon on his vehicle was destroyed, he climbed on top to man its MK19 grenade launcher, according to his medal citation. As enemy rounds whipped by, Price stayed put &mdash holding his position for four hours and killing &ldquonumerous&rdquo insurgents in the process.

Price enlisted in 2003 and attended the Marine Corps&rsquo Basic Reconnaissance Course a year later, according to the Marine Corps&rsquo news release. He was a member of Camp Pendleton&rsquos 1st Recon Battalion before joining MAROC in 2008.

Gifford was just shy of 15 years in the service. A member of the Corps&rsquo force reconnaissance community prior to joining MARSOC, he also completed multiple combat deployments and earned a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat &ldquoV,&rdquo the Marine official said.

It&rsquos not immediately clear how Price and Gifford died. Parts of Badghis province, which borders Turkmenistan, have been marked by violence for the past several years, according to a report published late last year by the Naval Postgraduate School.

Sgt. Justin M. Hansen, also a member of 2nd MSOB, was shot and killed during a house sweep in Badghis province only one week ago. He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan.


Died: July 29, 2012


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